Quick Align uses state of the art alignment equipment and software that is constantly updated to perform the best possible alignments insuring maximum tire life and precise handling. Today’s modern suspensions require a precise four-wheel alignment that can only be achieved through a modern alignment system. This applies to both front and rear wheel drive vehicles.
The 4 Tire Alignment Factors
Aligning a car or truck involves the adjustment of the vehicle’s suspension, not the tires and wheels. The direction and the angles that the tires point in after the alignment is complete, however, are critically important. There are four factors involved in setting the alignment to specification: caster, camber, toe and ride height. The following brief discussion of each aspect will help you understand the process and spot potential problems.
Caster is the angle of the steering axis ( the part of the suspension that supports the wheel and tire) Viewed from the side of the vehicle, an imaginary line drawn between the centers of the upper and lower ball joints forms an angle with true vertical; this is defined as caster. Caster is important to steering feel and high speed stability.
Viewed from the front of the vehicle camber describes the inward or outward tilt of the tire. The camber adjustment maximizes the tire to road contact and takes into account the changes of force when a vehicle is turning.
Viewed from above the vehicle, toe describes whether the front of the tires point toward (toe in) or away (toe out) from each other. Toe is the most important angle when it comes to tire wear. It is also the easiest to get knocked out of spec under normal driving conditions.
Ride Height is simply the distance between the vehicles frame and the road. This is the reference point for all alignment measurements.
Alignment should be checked once a year or when buying new tires or whenever a handling problem is noticed. Stop by and let us check your tire wear pattern at no charge. Early detection of a problem will save you money.